Democrats in Washington, D.C. understand well the power of pop culture and the impact celebrities can have on pushing for things like “restorative justice.”
In a hearing scheduled to coincide with Juneteenth, a day set aside to commemorate the emancipation of black people in the U.S., the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties announced it will “examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.”
This being progressive code for reparations, of course — the irony here is that for a party that claims to be seeking progress, Democrats spend plenty of time looking in the rearview mirror.
On Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m., the hearing is set to get underway, with actor Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates scheduled to testify on the matter, according to NBCWashington.
Glover, 72, a hardcore leftist, has an estimated net worth of $40 million dollars, but his Democrat pals are more interested in his star power than his expertise.
But the “Lethal Weapon” star is accustomed to being a useful idiot, as Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago wrote earlier this year:
But when it comes to Cuba and Venezuela, Glover comes across as a clueless caricature, a prisoner to the left-wing politics that worship Latin American dictators who push the narrative that they’re the great liberators of the minority masses.
In reality, Glover’s friends — the late Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, and now, Nicolás Maduro — are oppressors of the worst kind who have destroyed their countries, sent millions into painful exile and are violators of basic human rights like freedom of speech.
And make no mistake, Glover is a great admirer of the murderous Cuban dictator, as seen in this tweet marking Castro’s death:
Fidel Castro was a great revolutionary. Learn more about his life & legacy. https://t.co/6nfsCM5krS
— Danny Glover (@mrdannyglover) November 28, 2016
He’s also a strong advocate for “democratic socialism” in the United States.
So Danny Glover who is pro Hugo Chavez and pro Castro is talking about democracy being under attack. That is rich. pic.twitter.com/cbtX3kla7S
— WallSt (@WallStXyz) October 1, 2018
Reparations are supported in one manner or another by some of the more radical 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.
And Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is getting accustomed to walking a fine line with the hard left elements of her party, has said she supports a study on reparations.
The biggest challenge, outside of the enormous cost, is the complications involved in the implementation of reparations.
As for paybacks, one social media user inquired about whether Glover plans to pay back all those who paid to see all the bad movies he starred in:
is he finally going to pay people back for seeing all of his bad movies?
— Matt Sparks (@QsparkMatt) June 13, 2019
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter that suggest the issue of reparations isn’t going to go over well with many Americans:
The most ridiculous House Resolution ever proposed! Not one person alive in this country or many generations before were victims of slavery. I got an idea, go ask the tribe leaders who sold their own people for reparations. Then watched the laughing commence ???!
— Donnie Engle (@DonnieEngle) June 14, 2019
I picked cotton at the age of 3 on my dad’s sharecrop farm in Texas w Blacks and Mexicans, approx 1956. At one point I thought one of them was a mom to me so may I qualify for sumthing?
— Stephanie Parker (@steph2monaco) June 16, 2019
So a millionaire movie star and a millionaire writer want me to send them money. My Irish immigrant great-great grandfather who was killed at the battle of Chickamauga says I’m paid in full.
— Don’t Start (@nivlag2018) June 13, 2019
My god, this is the most ridiculous thing ever
— German Cowboy (@dustinpg11) June 13, 2019
Good – put a good word in for me – I’m half Irish and by all accounts when my ancestors got here either as indenture servants or off the boat, the later were met with signs of “No Irish Need Apply”. I’m not much for working and I believe it is because of this trauma. Get me $
— dave bourcet (@davekomodoor) June 13, 2019
I am 100% for paying reparations to anyone that was a slave in the US and is still alive. Not keen on paying for anyone that has never been a slave.
— Tom Donovan (@Tomdonovan333) June 13, 2019
Reparations will come soley from the Democrats since they were the party of slavery – right Danny
— Jcughan (@historianluke) June 13, 2019
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